After two full days of being out in the field, it was nice to be in the lab and look over some of the artifacts that were pulled from our site. After a good breakfast we all went down to the lab and got an introduction to the different kinds of pottery and how they were made. Some of the terminology that we learned helps us determine what kind of pottery we were analyzing and how old it may be. Terms such as Temper (mineral or organic material mixed with clay) and Slip (a layer of clay added to the surface of a dried pot or bowl).
We went into the curation room to look at all the whole pots and bowls that crow canyon has on loan from the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores. In here we went over the different kinds of pottery through time. Starting with early gray ware with no slip and simple neck banding all the way up to Mesa Verde Black-on-White with intricate designs and slipped and polished bowls, mugs and jars.
Moving back into the lab, we took bags of pottery and had to sort and label them into their various types. Starting with separating the corrugated from the white ware. Then went through and separated the mineral paint from the organic and carbon based paint. We also had to determine if it was a rim sherd or a body sherd.
Finishing our bags, we then went into the mock excavation room and started to mold our clay to make whatever type of form we wanted with most of us making mugs or bowls. After some dry clay troubles and some surprising tiring work most of us got our pottery done and put on the shelf for next Thursday when we would be painting.
A filling dinner later, we were in the classroom and learning about
the history of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s research. This is where we got to learn about the man, Stuart Struever, who without him, Crow Canyon would not exist. He began an archaeology camp here in 1983 and encouraged professionals to work side-by-side with the public.